Kevin P. Chavous reacts to Clinton campaign announcement and need for school choice
Washington, D.C. (April 13, 2015) – The American Federation for Children, the nation’s voice for educational choice, issued the following statement on Hillary Clinton’s candidacy announcement from AFC executive counsel, Kevin P. Chavous:
“Yesterday when Hillary Clinton announced her Presidential candidacy in a video, I was saddened by one of the families that was featured in her uplifting announcement. At the :17 second mark of the video, a mother is featured discussing how her family is moving so her child can attend a quality school. Featuring this family in her candidacy announcement highlights the problems with education in our country and the urgency to ensure that every family, regardless of their zip code, can choose a quality school.
“If Hillary supported school choice, the family in the video and other families across the country would not need to uproot their lives to ensure their child receives a great education. They would immediately have access to quality options and the opportunity to achieve their academic goals.
“As a fellow Democrat I challenge Hillary Clinton to embrace educational choice, to become a champion for every day Americans who are less fortunate and lack the resources to uproot their family and move. Because, in the America I believe in, no family should face the decision to have to move in order to give their child the opportunities afforded by a quality education.”
Kevin P. Chavous is executive counsel and a founding board member for the American Federation for Children. He is a former member of the Council of the District of Columbia and a former chairman of D.C.’s Education Committee. Chavous was responsible for enacting numerous education reforms in D.C. Chavous is chair emeritus of the Democrats for Education Reform and a former chair of the Black Alliance for Educational Options.